Second-team all-state defensive lineman Chris Yaghi signs his National Letter of Intent

Chris Yaghi got his offer after a strong satellite camp performance at Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian this summer, and soon pulled the trigger, after being offered by Oregon. He signed his Cal National Letter of Intent at 9:04 a.m., PST.

A second-team All-State defensive lineman as chosen by USA TODAY (after being named the Crestview League Defensive Player of the Year and a Third-Team All-State Junior on the defensive side of the ball by Cal-Hi Sports the year before), Chris Yaghi is an underrated piece that Cal very much needed, along with Russell Becker and Tevin Paul.

Looking at those three, plus pass-rushing end Chinedu Udeogu and all-everything Evan Weaver, this has been a very strong class for defensive line coach Fred Tate.

“It’s been my dream school, so right when I got the offer, I wanted to commit,” Yaghi says. 

Yaghi – whose father, brother and cousin are all civil engineers – says that it was the top-three nationally-ranked engineering program at Berkeley that drew him in, as much as the football. 

With the Bears losing veteran defensive tackles Mustafa JalilTrevor Kelly and David Davis, bringing in a broad, athletic and powerful player like Yaghi, who's a bruising fullback when he's not a defensive tackle, is a big win for the staff's scouting accumen. Having seen Yaghi at camp, in person, he's got a frame that's already big, but can get much bigger, and he's got a very broad, powerful chest and long arms. He's a bit stiff in the hips and his footwork needs to quicken up and be more precise, but he's got a lot of very intriguing physical tools.

Definitely a guy who can develop, but will need a year to perhaps redshirt. That said, he's already very physically mature, at 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, and he doesn't have much bad weight on him, if at all. He's not a slow, plodding block eater. He's a dynamic, at times explosive and athletic run-stuffer and a fiend on special teams.

Yaghi Scores Cal Offer